“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Aug 15, 2012

Things That Make Me Smile :D

Honestly, I do have some good, thick, though-provoking posts in the works. I promise!! But I can't seem to find the time to perfect them and finish them and post them.... Someday....

So in the meantime, here are a few things that make me smile....that make my life more than just okay....that I am grateful for....

First and foremost....my amazingly BIG God and the way He is always, always working for good in my life; His amazing plan of salvation that included choosing me before the world was made. As you start to scratch the surface of realizing how big God is, it is unfathomably humbling. But also unfathomably joy-bringing and comforting!

Ariat Boots

MY Ariat boots...

Need I say more?

Books!! I'm a bit of a book-worm...and especially classics. 
"Our Boys"

This awesome (and rather deadly looking!) gang are our adopted brothers. Sadly, our family consists only of 3 girls, so we have made up for our lack of biological brothers with brothers-in-Christ. These amazing guys do our hard work for us. 

Need a stack of 94 bales of hay moved? Call the boys.

Need a tree cut down and loaded up in the dump trailer? Call the boys. 

Need some fun and laughter? DEFINITELY call the boys :D

My camera

Although...I'm looking to upgrade....*sigh*


Fun and silly times in the car with Jessie on road trips!

(don't ask) 

Beautiful clouds and country roads on hot days!

 Arizona Green Tea

Amazing stuff.....going down to our General Store and drinking one of these on the front porch....aaahhh....


Big or small, I love horses. Right now, God has us in a place where we only have minis, but I would pay money to ride again. But I'm super grateful for these little ones, and they bring lots and lots of smiles!!


If  you know me at all, you will know that I am the "flip-flop queen!" Next to boots or barefoot, flip-flops are it. A bit of a passion, you might say.

Baby horses...'nough said.

My piano!!! 

No, this is not my piano...I wish!

Fun times with friends at the lake!! (and the knowledge that there's a rumor we may be going to said lake for my 19th bday in a few weeks) *smothered scream of delight*


I so look forward to being a mom someday...if only for the joy of getting to witness hilarious little kids all day long!  But for so many other reasons, too.

When we're at church, all the little girls think us "big girls" are pretty cool, so after the sermon, we get swamped with little girls. I love when they just sit on your lap and hold your hand...ahhh...those little fingers just amaze me. And little toes?!?! Such a miracle.

And the things they say.....

And the way they think....

And.... :D

Yep. Definitely can't wait to be a mommy if it's God's will! (PLEASE, God?!?!?)

My awesome friend, Savannah! Our two families were friends years ago (like 12 years ago!) and we just met each other again face-to-face last year. She is such a blessing to me!!! 


I could read Patrick Henry all day long....

Getting an i-pad and discovering the hilariousness of distorted pictures. (yes, that is me and Jessie)

My sisters!!! We have such awesome times together....some pretty rough and bumpy times, too...but I wouldn't trade 'em for the world. 

What are some extra special things in your life??


  1. Great post, Lisa!! And there's DEFINITELY nothing wrong in sharing the little things you appreciate in life, even if it's not a "good, thick, thought-provoking post". :) I'd love to see more posts like this one!

  2. I agree with Emiko, I'd love to see more posts like this! Thought provoking posts are good, and I get a lot out of them, but these are down to earth real posts where we get to know you better :)

    Extra special things in my life?
    My family. Our devotional time together every afternoon; that's really special. Spending time with my dear friends. Joking around with Daddy ;) Laughing over movies, and quoting them at opportune moments =D Long talks with Mama<3 Being silly with my little sister. This list could go on!
    Those times when Nate (2yrs) forgets to pretend to be grumpy and gives me a kiss on the cheek. Or every time my precious little Caraline smiles! Or when Mrs. C, the best baker in the world, praises my baking. She is the sweetest lady<3

    Lol, I think I need to wrap this up, I am sure you weren't wanting my entire list... and if I stay here much longer I know I will end up thinking of more, and then you probably won't want to hear from me again any time soon ;) Just kidding. But I really do need to go... ;)

  3. Hey, you didn't get new boots did you? Or are those merely a stock picture.
    My favorite things? Shooting, bird hunting, fishing, talking biblical politics..... yeah the list goes on so I had better stop now. ;)

  4. Fun stuff!! I could have basically made that an endless post, but figured I should stop somewhere :P Maybe I'll do a "Part II" someday...

    David - nope. No new boots. Just grabbed that picture because I was too lazy to go take a picture of mine or try to find my exact ones. Super funny when we know each other so well we know exactly the type of boots we have.... LOL

  5. Awesome things!! :D 'Nuff said. :D

    By the way, we call flip-flops 'thongs' in Australia. :D

    1. When I lived in Hawaii, we called them "slippas."

  6. Wow Lisa, I had some blog reading to catch up on - I had gotten a little bit behind!! :)

    This post was such a blessing to me - thank you so much. I'm very thankful for you too!! I can't believe its almost been a year...

    You're an awesome friend too. God bless you!! You'll do great on your recital - I'll be praying for you. Remember "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts." Zechariah 4:6

    Lots of love,

    ~ Savannah

    1. Wow. Perfect, perfect verse. I needed that :) See? That's why I'm grateful for you!